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About Joseph E. Trimble, PhD

Research Interests: Ethical and responsible conduct of research; mental health correlates and the experiences of indigenous populations; diversity and leadership; multicultural psychology; social network analysis; cross-cultural psychology; stress and coping among indigenous populations.
With my colleagues at the University of Alaska Fairbanks we are investigating the disproportionately high burden of stress in rural Alaska Native communities. We are utilizing their unique strengths based on their worldviews to develop a culturally-situated intervention protocol to reduce depressive symptoms. Because there is a lack of culturally tailored, evidence-based practice to address the mental health needs there is an urgent need to develop and test stress-reduction interventions that engage community participation.


Present Faculty Member, Western Washington University Western Expert
Present Director, Office of Institutional Assessment, Research, and Testing 1990-1999/2001-2009, Western Washington University
Present Distinguished University Professor, Western Washington University
Present President’s Professor, Center for Alaska Native Health Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Present Professor, Department of Psychology, Western Washington University Department of Psychology
Present Professor, Woodring College of Education, Western Washington University
Present Research Associate, Center for Cross-Cultural Research, Western Washington University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award. The award recognizes educators who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large” or “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.” Atlanta, GA, November 2013.
  • Francis J. Bonner, MD Award, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Center for Diversity. MD award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of ethnic minority mental health. Boston, MA, November 2013.
  • International Lifetime Achievement Award, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, presented at the 5th Critical Multicultural Counselling and Psychotherapy Conference, Toronto, ON, Canada, August 2009
  • The Henry Tomes Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Council of National Psychological Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON, Canada, August 2009.


  • Advanced Social Psychology
  • Attitude and Attitude Change
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology

Contact Information

Department of Psychology
Office: AIC 594
Telephone: 360-650-3058
Email address:


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